Port Dover: Mr.
and Mrs. W. J. Carpenter, Main street, observed their diamond wedding
anniversary quietly at their home on Sunday, January 5th.
A family dinner party was held
in honor of the occasion on the proceeding Sunday, when four of their
children were present, John B. Carpenter of Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs.
Wynatt Williams of Albany, N.Y., Dr. Theodore and Mrs. Carpenter of
Weston, Mrs. N. J. Bicknell and children, Katherine and Jack of Detroit,
Mich. Eldest son Luther J. Carpenter of Bay City, Mich., was unable to
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Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter were
married in North East, Pennsylvania, on 5 Jan 1881, Rev. H. N. Cornish
of North East Baptist church officiating. The attendants were Mrs.
Elizabeth Ensign Morrison, a life-long friend of the bride, and Mr. A.
Mrs. Carpenter was formerly Miss
Nancy C. Cochrane [sic] of North East, Penn. Mr. Carpenter was born in Norfolk
County on what has been recently known as the Culver Model Farm, the son
of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Carpenter. He spent his entire life practically
in this district, as a boy attending the Simcoe schools and later
graduating from Victoria College, Toronto, with a B.A. degree. Today he
is the oldest living graduate of the college.
Of the large family of 11
children, Mr. Carpenter and one sister, Mrs. Richard Orchard, Toronto,
are the only surviving members. Mr. Carpenter will be 93 years old on 19
For 45 years he followed his
chosen profession of farming, on the land now occupied by Mr. R.
Whiteside, No. 24 Highway, on what was then known as the Gravel Road, in
the days when a toll gate guarded the turn from Port Dover Main street
to the Gravel Road.
Of the farmers of that long past
day, not one is left on the old road who was there when Mr. and Mrs.
Carpenter came, the only familiar name being that of Duncan, where Geo.
Duncan's fruit farms have succeeded the William Duncan farm.